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Make a Mitered Half Lap Picture Frame, August 16

"Cheap" store-bought frames are flimsy and expensive and not so cheap. Quality store-bought frames are expensive. What if you want just a plain, simple frame made out of wood? Jim shows you how to make a simple, sturdy frame that will look fine in a Modernist, Art & Crafts, or Shaker-Inspired interior.

Mitered Half Lap Picture Frames, Aug 16, 2011

Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

Many classes fill up quickly, so please register now to make sure we hold a spot for you.

August 10
Gilding & Gold Leafing

August 13
Turning Pens

August 13
Antiques Show and Tell

August 14
Basic Bowl Turning

August 16
Make a Mitered Half Lap Picture Frame

August 20
Beginning Turning

August 21
Natural Edge Bowl Turning

September 7
French Polish Workshop

September 10
Basic Bowl Turning

September 10
Antiques Show and Tell

September 11
Basic Bowl Turning

September 17
Hand Cut Dovetails

September 18
Router Basics

September 17-18
Antique Restoration

September 21
Taming the Skew

September 24
Spray Finishing

September 25
Turning Bottle Stoppers

September 27
Hand Tool Sharpening

September 28
Coloring Wood

Classes Suitable for Teens

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New Diamond Lapping Plate Flattens Waterstones Fast

This impressive lapping plate for flattening sharpening stones gets its fast abrasive action from 30 carats of diamond grit for unprecedented durability. Certified to be flat within 5 ten-thousandths of an inch!

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See the Dia-Flat being used in this sharpening video:

Build a Continuous Arm Windsor Chair with Peter Galbert
Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2011

Join us as Master Chairmaker Peter Galbert returns to Atlanta this fall for a 7-day hands-on class for building your own Continuous Arm Windsor Chair. This class covers all the building action, from tree to completed chair. Students will split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into their hand carved seat.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Show Us Your Carving!

For this new column exclusively devoted to woodcarving, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS
of your favorite woodcarving projects along with captions and a brief history of your woodcarving. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your carving work in a future issue!

This month we are featuring the impressive carvings of Kari Hultman, aka the Village Carpenter.

CLICK HERE to take a look at some of Kari's carving work!

Arthritis and Woodworking

By Tom Schmitt
Atlanta, GA

Arthritis is a nearly inevitable consequence of aging in humans. For many human males, it seems the desire to do some woodworking is also. There are many things the modern woodworker can do to minimize the impact of woodworking on one’s arthritis and to also minimize the impact of arthritis on woodworking.

CLICK HERE to read a few suggestions on dealing with arthritis and woodworking:

Three Rikon Bandsaw Models Are ON SALE at Highland Woodworking

Rikon Mini-Lathe
now only $249.99

We have a limited quantity of this excellent value in a mini-lathe.

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Do you have a great idea for staying alert and helping to avoid injuries in your workshop? If so, we want to hear about it! . Receive a $25 store gift card if we feature your tip in a future issue.

This month's tip comes from John Nielsen, who offers three basic questions we should all ask ourselves before trying a new technique in the shop.

CLICK HERE to check out John's safety tip!

Get a Triton Plunge Router for a Great Price!

This distinctive 2-1/4 HP router from Triton Workshop Systems is a great choice for use either handheld or especially in a router table.

CLICK HERE to see why:

Take a look at our product tour of the 2-1/4 HP Triton Router:

November 4-6, 2011 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville

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 Inside This Issue
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Wood Fillers
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
Bleaching in Furniture Restoration
Safety Tip: Three Basic Questions
Arthritis and Woodworking

Show Your Shop!
For this popular monthly column, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your shop in a future issue.
Featured this month is Andy Rovelstad's basement workshop, located in Franklin County, PA.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:

Lie-Nielson Tool of the Month:
The Low Angle Smoothing Plane

Our Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month of August is the Low Angle Smoothing Plane, modeled on the nearly extinct Stanley 164. This shorter version of the low angle jack features an adjustable mouth and 2" wide iron set at 12 degrees. It features a Bailey overhead lateral iron adjuster.

Our friend Lee Laird wrote up a great blog post about setup and use of the Low Angle Smoother on The Highland Blog.

See what Lee thinks is so great about the Low Angle Smoothing Plane:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

This month, our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, has made quite a bit of visible progress on the NEW Down to Earth Workshop, finishing the stairs to the second floor as well as installing the new door and two new windows. Along the way he contemplates some factors that could be causing the deterioration of his hammering skills, "MacGyvers" his way to a set of sharper chisels, and even shoots a mid-project video so we can see for ourselves what progress he has made.

CLICK HERE to find out why Steve thinks it is safer in HIS workshop to be the nail than the hammer:

Toy Kits Kids Can Build

Adding to our line of woodworking project kits for kids, these great wooden toy kits include everything necessary to build each toy, including tools and paint for coloring them. With adult assistance, kids as young as 6 can handle them, but older kids will love building them too.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Get rebates on new Flexcut carving sets

These sets are a great way to get started in woodcarving. Featuring four of Flexcut's most popular tools, the Palm and Knife set will start you on small scale carving and whittling right away. The Flexcut Chip Carving Knife set includes all the knives you'll need to create intricate and beautiful chip carvings.

More info on the Palm/Knife set:

More info on the Chip Carving set:

Save $129 on our DeWalt Scrollsaw

Our package deal gives you by far the best scrollsaw for the money.

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Outstanding New Epoxy products from System 3

G-2 epoxy is designed for gluing dense, oily or acidic woods such as teak, rosewood, or lignum vitae, and bonds almost any other material with a clear, waterproof glue line.

MirrorCoat is a pourable, two-part epoxy resin finish designed to give a durable, high-gloss finish to bars and table tops that can stand up to most abuse.

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G-2 epoxy:

CLICK HERE for more info on the MirrorCoat:

New Downloadable Project Plan: The Garden Cart

This month we have a new downloadable project plan for a children's plaything designed by Kevin McGuire, author of the popular book " The All-New Woodworking For Kids ". This month we are featuring the Garden Cart, a great addition if you have already built or plan to build the Planter Box and Garden Tools from one of the earlier plans offered.

Place your order online and after it has been processed by our staff, you will receive an email with a link to download your plan set in PDF form. And check back next month for another great new downloadable plan from Kevin!

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Bleaching in Furniture Restoration

Bleaching is a tool that is used sparingly when restoring an old piece of furniture. Often there will be iron stains from old nails, black or very dark water stains or sun bleached areas that are far lighter than the surrounding areas, caused by an object being in the same location for a long period of time.

Here are FOUR things you need to know about bleaching wood:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I'm restoring an antebellum home and the upstairs heartwood pine floors have never been finished. After sanding for a week, I found numerous cracks, holes and imperfections. I want to fill all these and I saved the sawdust. I tried glue mixed with the sawdust, but it did not do well. Any suggestions?

E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

Highland Woodworking Gift Certificates

An awesome present that's always appreciated by just about any woodworker anywhere.

Save $200 on our finest German workbench

Over 7 feet in length, this premium workbench is ideal for the serious hand woodworker.

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New Charles Brock DVD:
Shaping a Sculptured Rocker

After all the joinery has been cut and pieces assembled, the remaining challenge for the sculpted chairmaker is shaping it all into a work of art. This 110-minute DVD will show you how.

CLICK HERE for more info:

The Earlex HV5500 Pro HVLP Spray Station, New More Powerful Successor to the HV5000

Earlex has juiced up the turbine motor on its ever-popular HV5000 Spray Station, creating its higher-performance successor, the Earlex HV5500 Spray Station.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Product Tours Available on our YouTube Channel!

Check out the great product tour videos on our Youtube Channel. Our good friend Morton demonstrates some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.

Click below to take a look at a couple of our great videos:

Are there any products you'd like to see a tour of? If so, we invite you to EMAIL US and let us know what YOU would like to see!

Great Buy on our Rikon Dust Collector,
only $199.99

Eliminate the unpleasant mess created by sawdust and shavings accumulating in your shop with this special deal on our 1 HP Rikon dust collector.

CLICK HERE for more info:

NEW! Windsor Chair Kits

Our affordable new Windsor chair kits will make a great weekend project for the intermediate woodworker. Each kit includes all the parts you will need plus clear instructions.

CLICK HERE to learn more:

Blogger Kelley O'Toole is assembling one of our new Windsor Chair Kits. To read about her experience, CLICK HERE:

The Highland Woodturner

Wood turning is the fastest growing part of the woodworking community. To give it the attention it deserves, we've started a new publication devoted entirely to woodturning.

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Want to join in? We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS AND STORIES of your favorite current turning topic.

Woodworking Tool Catalog


OUR LATEST NEW woodworking tool catalog is now available to browse online! CLICK THE IMAGE

Show Your Stuff!

We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS
of your favorite woodworking projects along with captions and a brief history of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your stuff in a future issue.

This month we are featuring a great story about the work Alfred J. Spitzer, Jr. of Manchester, NH is doing with reclaimed lumber estimated to be more than 250 years old!

CLICK HERE to read his amazing story and take a look at a few of the projects he has made!

Steel City Helical Planer
Only $499.99 - Watch our

Steel City's patented helical cutterhead uses 26 four-sided HSS indexed cutting inserts for ease of blade maintenance, quality of finish and significantly quieter operation. A special purchase allows us to offer these planers at an unprecedented low price, while supplies last.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Watch a VIDEO Product Tour here:

Save $100 on our Walnut Parts Kits for a Sculptured Rocker or Lowback Chair

Both kits are now on sale. Buying the kit makes these challenging projects far less daunting.

More info on Rocker Kit:

More info on Lowback Kit:

Our Popular Sculptured Chair Plan Bundles NOW ON SALE - Save up to $40
Our comprehensive plan bundles by Charles Brock provide all the information and inspiration you'll need to build these beautiful sculptured chairs. Each set includes DVD, book and full-size drawings.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Charles Brock has singled out the specific tools he uses when building his chairs and listed them in one place for easy selection by woodworkers undertaking this challenging project.

Check Out the Tools of the Trade:

Another Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER

I purchased two of the 1/2" Wood Slicer bandsaw blades about which you brag. Well, you don't brag enough. Incredible!
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Trabuco Canyon, CA

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